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BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!

Borobudur Sunrise

The majestic BOROBUDUR TEMPLE lies in the heart of CENTRAL JAVA. Its nine tiers overlook rolling hills and lush greenery that are best viewed at sunrise. Borobudur is only an hour’s drive away from Yogyakarta City, the center of education and traditional Javanese arts.

Built in the 9th century during the Sailendra Dynasty, this marvel boasted 2,672 bas-relief panels and 504 Buddha statues in its prime. And get this–no mortar or cement was used in the process. These massive structures were expertly “glued" together with interlocking volcanic stones. It's no surprise this temple is widely considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World! 

Related Blog Post: BOROBUDUR Sunrise Experience (The Largest Buddhist Temple in the World)

Here's my unforgettable experience at Borobudur… 

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

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RICO’s LECHON: “Da Best Gyud” Most Awesome Lechon in Cebu!

Cebu: Rico's

Eating Lechon is central to your Cebu experience! Dubbed as the “Lechon Capital” of the Philippines, Cebu prides itself in having perfected the art of roasting pigs, and in the tastiness and crispiness its lechon is known for.

We asked locals where we could find the best lechon and they all pointed us to Rico’s Lechon, pioneer of the famous Spicy Lechon. Owner Enrico Dionson likes to keep things simple–his roasted lechon is only seasoned with traditional herbs and spices and has always been since he opened the business in 1997.

Their slogan, “Da Best Gyud”, lives up to our expectations. Indeed, it’s a lechon worthy of being called the best in Cebu. The restaurant also likes to stay ahead by adding Pinoy favorites to the menu other than lechon.

Here’s what we liked at Rico’s…

Rico’s Lechon – Mabolo Branch
F. Cabahug St, Cebu City, Cebu
Telephone: (032) 260-2443
Mobile: +63927-352-2078
Restaurant Hours:
• Monday- Sunday 10:00am-10:00pm
Facebook: @RicosLechonOFFICIAL
Instagram: @RicosLechonOfficial
Twitter: @dabestgyud
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://ricoslechon.com/

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OSAKA Travel Guide: Lessons from our DIY Family Food & Pokemon Trip in Osaka with #KaraksaHotels

Related Post: KYOTO Travel: Lessons from our DIY Familymoon Trip to Kyoto with #KaraksaHotels

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I always look forward to traveling with our four boys aged 11, 8, 6, and 2 with no yaya. It was their second time traveling to Japan but the first time traveling to the Kansai regions of Osaka and Kyoto. 

We didn’t join any organized tours on this trip–we had a Do-It-Yourself itinerary of the best places in Osaka and Kyoto that we thought the kids would enjoy. Thanks to Karaksa Hotels for our plane, accommodations, and transfers, and to Bryan Tiu for the awesome foodie tips around Osaka!

Here are our learnings on our best discoveries during the trip, and travel tips when traveling to Japan with your family…

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KYOTO Travel Guide: Lessons from our DIY Familymoon Trip to Kyoto with #KaraksaHotels

Related Post: OSAKA Travel: Lessons from our DIY Family Food & Pokemon Trip in Osaka with #KaraksaHotels 

360 Golden Pavilion Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto

Went on a honeymoon with my wife to Kyoto in 2004 and after 12 years, we were finally able to go back–for a familymoon this time with all our four boys! 

With Karaksa Hotel Kyoto as our home base, we navigated the trains to reach Kyoto and created our own itinerary to explore this cultural city of Japan.

Here are our learnings on our best discoveries during the trip, and travel tips when traveling to Kyoto from Osaka with your family…

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ROMBLON: 8 Awesome Places You Should Visit in Romblon!

Welcome to ROMBLON! The Marble Capital of the Philippines,  home to the “Galapagos of Asia” (Sibuyan) and the cleanest river in the Country.

Romblon is composed of three major islands that one must visit–Romblon Town, Tablas Island, and Sibuyan Island.

The province’s marble is comparable to the world’s best. Trade plays a big role in Romblon’s economy by virtue of its location at the center of the archipelago.

The islands are blessed with natural playgrounds such as beaches, rivers, mountains, and diverse eco-systems, which offer tourists many opportunities for adventures like scuba, trekking, and snorkeling.

Here’s Team OAP’s Top 8 favorites in their Romblon adventure…

Awesome Romblon Series 2016

 

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SIBUYAN, ROMBLON: Backpacking “The Galapagos of Asia”! (Itinerary)

Romblon: Sibuyan IslandBackpacking to Sibuyan, Romblon is one of the most long, challenging but rewarding adventures we’ve been to.

Sibuyan is famed as the “Galapagos of Asia“. The island’s origin has never been connected to any part of the Philippines archipelago, blessing it with a unique rich biodiverse ecosystem teeming with endemic flora and fauna.

Let’s explore Sibuyan’s natural playground as we swim in the cleanest river Catingas, basked on the white sands and turquoise waters of Cresta de Gallo Islet, hike the many waterfalls of Dagubdub, examine the rare pitcher plant and witness one of the most technical climbs in the Philippines Mt. Guiting Guiting.

Here’s our complete guide to exploring Sibuyan…

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ROMBLON, ROMBLON: A Guide to Marbelous Romblon Town! (Itinerary)

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When you speak about Romblon, one of the things that come to mind are the marbles! Join us on our trip to Romblon, Romblon–the Marble Capital of the Philippines–as we get to know its attractions beyond the solid rock formations.

The best way to tour around Romblon is by foot or tricycle because it is such a small town, the sights are only a few minutes away from each other.

Here's your complete guide on making the best out of your Romblon Town visit…

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AWESOME ROMBLON: Awesome Guide to Tablas Island! (Itinerary)

Romblon: Tablas
Tablas: our first stop in our Awesome Romblon adventure! Romblon is composed of three major islands that one must visit–Romblon Town, Tablas Island, and Sibuyan Island.

Famed for being the Marble Capital of the Philippines, the province's marble is comparable to the world's best. Trade plays a big role in Romblon's economy by virtue of its location at the center of the archipelago.

The islands are blessed with natural beauty such as beaches, rivers, mountains, and diverse eco-systems, which offer tourists many opportunities for adventures like scuba, trekking, and snorkeling.

Here's Team OAP's guide to exploring Tablas Island…

 

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Romblon Food Trip: 8 Local Dishes You Should Try!

Romblon: Tablas Island

Discover the Marble Capital of the Philippines beyond its natural playgrounds–from its beautiful beaches and magnificent waterfalls, to its refreshing, clean rivers and challenging climbs. We'll make sure your itinerary is filled with memorable places and things you should try and eat!

Here are the top 8 dishes to complete your Romblon experience…

 

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AWESOME DUMAGUETE: A Weekend Getaway Itinerary to the Best of Dumaguete!

Dumaguete, otherwise known as the “Land of the Gentle People”, is one of the prime gateway destinations for adventure seekers around the world. Some of the most beautiful trekking, snorkelling, and diving spots are just within your reach from the capital city of Negros Oriental.

 

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It’s easy enough to say “I want to go to Dumaguete”, but knowing where to stay and where to go is a different story. Our Awesome Planet created a sample itinerary to help you make the best of your weekend getaway in paradise.

Awesome Dumaguete Series:

• AWESOME DUMAGUETE: A Weekend Getaway Itinerary!
 ATMOSPHERE RESORTS: Have you tried the Best Eco-Luxury Resort in Dumaguete?
• BLUE Restaurant: One Yummy Reason to Stay at Atmosphere (A Review)
 DUMAGUETE: Most Awesome Eco-Friendly Adventure in Dumaguete!
 DUMAGUETE OUTDOORS: Manjuyod Sandbar & Dolphin Watching in Bais with the Divaguete! 

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